Gosport man among paedophile gang facing long prison sentences

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A GANG of paedophiles who sexually abused children under five in attacks that were streamed over the internet are facing lengthy prison sentences.

The ring, which included Matthew Stansfield, 34, from Gosport, preyed on the families of the youngsters they targeted, in one case grooming a mother and father before their child was born.

Matthew Stansfield, from Gosport

Matthew Stansfield, from Gosport

Members would travel long distances to carry out the attacks together or watch the abuse over the internet if only one had access to a victim.

Chilling online chat revealed that members of the gang, who live across the UK, would offer advice and guidance to others on drugging their young victims.

Seven men – aged between 30 and 51 and including three convicted sex offenders – were brought to justice following an investigation led by the National Crime Agency.

The shocking details can be reported in full for the first time after the trial of Stansfield and John Denham, 49, from Wiltshire, ended at Bristol Crown Court with their convictions.

The others – Robin Hollyson, 30, from Bedfordshire; Christopher Knight, 35, from Manchester; Adam Toms, 33, from Somerset; David Harsley, 51, from Humberside and Matthew Lisk, 32, from East Sussex – had pleaded guilty.

Stansfield was convicted of two charges of conspiracy to rape a child under 13.

Denham, a married father of two, was acquitted of one conspiracy charge but found guilty of conspiracy to sexually assault a child under 13.